Golf Course Management

MAY 2019

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 82 of 141

05.19 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 79 Bobby Weed Golf Design was selected to redesign the South Course at Quail Ridge Country Club in Boynton Beach, Fla. "Quail Ridge has an enthu- siastic and active membership that loves golf," Weed said. "The work will create visual contrast with reduced turf areas, lower profile and subtler green complexes, and clustered bunkering that adds strategic options, all providing style and depth." The renovations, which also will include the practice area, began in April, with a reopening tentatively scheduled in November. Also, Bobby Weed Golf Design was hired to continue conducting planning and advisory services at Long Cove Club in Hilton Head Island, S.C., on the heels of the design firm's successful restoration last year of the golf course. The layout, designed by Pete Dye in 1981, is often considered one of his most authentic and well-preserved designs. "Long Cove wishes to protect its heritage and preserve its status as an authentic Pete Dye design, never more relevant than now, with Alice Dye's recent passing," Weed says. "With its original featuring, innovative land plan and colorful history, it is perhaps one of the most significant courses in the timeline of golf course design." The project is especially meaningful, as Long Cove was Weed's first assignment with Pete Dye and the genesis of Bobby Weed Golf Design. Tom Tanto was named recipient of American Society of Irrigation Consultants' Roy Williams Memorial Award . The award is given annually to a person or organization who has shown outstanding achievement or made significant contribution to the irrigation industry. Tanto will be presented the award at the ASIC National Conference on May 7 in Santa Fe, N.M. Tanto, a GCSAA Distinguished Service Award recipient earlier this year, is a well-known figure in the golf industry. After immigrating to the U.S. from Hungary after World War II, he earned a degree in civil engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. Shortly after graduation and working for the Dravo Corp., he was introduced to the world of golf course construction and was smitten. A few years later, in 1969, he started his own golf course construction company, Tanto Construction and Supply. The company thrived under his leadership for 32 years. His reputation in the industry was based on honesty, quality work and customer service. The company eventually focused on irrigation installation for new construction and existing golf courses, working under the company name Tanto Irrigation. The boards of directors of the Golf Course Superintendents Asso- ciation of Southern California and Hi-Lo Desert Golf Course Superintendents Association announced the selection of the manage- ment firm Connerly & Associates Inc. to manage the operations of the two organizations. The selection follows a thorough search and interview process conducted by a committee comprised of representatives of both organizations and led by longtime superintendent and industry leader Bruce Williams, CGCS. Connerly & Associates Inc. manages the Golf Course Superintendents Association of Northern California, as well as the California Golf Course Owners Association, National Golf Course Owners Association of Arizona and the Nevada Golf Course Owners Association, so the move is a natural exten- sion of the portfolio currently managed by the firm. "The selection is an honor, and we take very seriously the faith that the GCSASC and Hi-Lo Desert GCSA boards have placed in us to guide their organizations in positive directions," said company president Marc Connerly, who will serve as the executive director of both associations, with assistance from the company's team of specialists in accounting, membership management, com- munications, social media and events. "Just as importantly, this represents a very unique opportunity to enhance the lines of communication and the adhesion of the California golf industry as a whole, as our existing industry relationships will provide for improved collaboration opportunities between the northern and southern parts of the state, and between the owners association and the statewide GCSA chapters." Employee-owned Harrell's announced that Pat Jones joined the team as cus- tomer experience director. Jones transitions to Harrell's with over 30 years of experience in the turfgrass industry. For the past decade, Jones has served as publisher and edito- rial director of Golf Course Industry magazine. Jones began his career in the industry in 1987 on the GCSAA staff. As the customer experience director, Jones will help with the strategic growth of the Harrell's brand in existing regions and as it continues expansion throughout the country. Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply expanded its partnership with Rain Bird , announcing that it is the exclusive Rain Bird Golf distributor for Georgia. Ewing's wide-ranging product offering grants Rain Bird Golf customers access to other golf course supplies as well, including seed, fertilizer, bunker liners, golf accessories, drainage supplies and more. Ewing's golf team has well over 100 collective years of experience, offering superintendents a wide array of knowledge and support. Ewing is already an established Rain Bird Golf distribution partner in Arizona, southern Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, coastal Georgia and the Northeast.

Articles in this issue

Links on this page

Archives of this issue

view archives of Golf Course Management - MAY 2019